English writer G.K. Chesterton once claimed, “America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed.”

The heart of America’s creed, affirmed in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, is that we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.

This radical departure from human history — the sovereignty of the individual over the the state — is the reason that men and women of every background, regardless of race, religion, class or place of birth, have been able to find success in America.

If we desire a future of opportunity, prosperity, safety and freedom for every American, we must understand what makes America different, and pursue policies to strengthen our unique creed.